Referendum 2014
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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Balancing Scotland's Books - Revenue vs. Spending

Balancing Scotland's Books - Revenue vs. Spending | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, rejects the notion that Scotland is too dependent on its oil resources and its people too dependent on government programs. He spoke with WSJ Editor in Chief Gerard Baker in New York.
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Study into poll economic effect

THE impact on the economy of the result of next year's independence referendum is to be scrutinised by a Holyrood committee.
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Scotland braced for cuts as Treasury slashes £1bn

Scotland braced for cuts as Treasury slashes £1bn | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE Treasury has signalled future cuts to the Scottish budget after six more government departments agreed a combined reduction of more than £1 billion in their coffers for the 2015-16 financial year.
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George Kerevan: An argument that simply runs out of currency

George Kerevan: An argument that simply runs out of currency | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
CREDIT where credit is due: the Better Together campaign pulled off a coup with its publication of a leaked cabinet paper from John Swinney, laying out fiscal options in the post-independence period.
Peter A Bell's insight:

"...the economic insurance argument of the Better Together campaign is disproved by real life."

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SNP’s secret plans to cut spending revealed

SNP’s secret plans to cut spending revealed | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The SNP government is privately preparing for the prospect of cuts to jobs, welfare benefits and pensions after independence, amid growing concerns that Scotland faces a bleak economic future, a leaked document has shown.
Peter A Bell's insight:

So this is what the British nationalists are reduced to. Having completely failed to make any kind of positive case for the union they resort to digging up old, out-of-date and irrelevant discussion papers. A report, furthermore, that was based on notoriously unreliable projections published by a UK Government determined to persuade the people of Scotland that they are "Too wee! Too poor! Too stupid!" for independence.

The desperation of the anti-independence doom-mongers is palpable. While the usual suspects unthinkingly pick up their propaganda cues from the unionist media, those of us less Pavlovian in our responses will reflect for but the briefest moment before realising that the British nationalists have had this information for some time - and said nothing about it. Why? Because they realised that it is obsolete and meaningless having been overtaken by events several times.

So why are they seizing on it now with all the panicked frenzy of a drowning man clutching at a proverbial straw? Because, like that drowning man, they have nothing more substantial. The latest GERS report showing the relatively healthy state of Scotland's economy was a devastating blow to the Better Together campaign of corrosive negativity and contemptuous denigration of Scotland and its people. This is them lashing out in panic and frustration.

It's not a pretty sight. But it's going to get worse. While  the many and diverse strands of the Yes Scotland campaign continue to develop their vision for Scotland's future talking in terms of potential and possibilities, the No Scotland mob has nowhere to go but deeper into the mire of smears, scaremongering, distortion and downright lies.

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Britain’s next bust: Time for Scotland to leave

Britain’s next bust: Time for Scotland to leave | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
When Mark Carney was hired by George Osborne to help him win the 2015 Westminster election, he may not have expected to be taking part in the NO campaign for the Scottish Referendum. But he has loyally followed the Treasury script. Meanwhile his day job requires him to keep money cheap until May
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A New Economic Model for Scotland

Robin Hahnel and Gar Alperovitz are two of the major figures in the New Economic movement in the US. We are very lucky to have them writing on the Common Weal and Scotland’s economic future – from today’s Sunday Herald

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:44 AM

The work the Jimmy Reid Foundation is undertaking is to be applauded.

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland

James McLaren's comment, July 18, 2013 4:18 AM
If I had some money I would bung a bit of it to the Jimmy Reid Foundation. They seem to be able to harness the meagerest of resources to come up with most intellectual and challenging of positive ideas for a new Scotland. The National Collective also gets my vote for pro-activity.
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Independent Scotland faces £650m tax shortfall

Independent Scotland faces £650m tax shortfall | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland is facing an “astonishing” £650 million fall in its expected tax take, MSPs heard today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Your daily dose of smear and fear courtesy of The Scotsman.

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It's not just size that matters

It's not just size that matters | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The spin and hype from the 'yes' and 'no' campaigns after the publication of the Government Expenditure and Revenues Scotland (GERS) was enough to make the eyes water.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I would only point out that, even supposing such a thing were possible, empirically proven economic viability is not a prerequisite of independence. Independence is not conditional.

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